It’s super easy for a hundred different reasons to throw our confidence away. I hate that feeling. But it is JUST A FEELING. When my son wins his soccer game he feels great. But I want him to feel great when he doesn’t win as well. So, I rub his sweaty head and emphasis the good things that happened and then admit yes there could be improvement on some skills to but there is plenty of time for that.
If we go around letting lives ups and downs decide if we are worth something, or not we will always be trying to fix ourselves up so we feel good. Now there is an aspect of taking care of yourself that we can’t throw out here – get a hair cut you like, buy a new outfit so every now and then so you feel fresh, join a group of people who will support you in your growing and living. Healthy. Smart. Oh and exercise for your bones and heart and mental well being. It’s the quickest way to say, “I did that!” Accomplish things, learn new things…. yada yada… cheer others on and be apart of living and making a difference.
BUT do not let these things be who you ARE.me… hard learned… me – still learning
What the Bible says about confidence is this – “Whatever I have now, it is all because God poured out His special favor on me – and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by His grace.” That was Paul talking in 1 Corinthians 15 – and lets just say Paul would know better than me what he was talking about.
I remember 2 brothers who were Olympic level divers. They were really good. But something they said in an interview stopped me. They said that they weren’t counting on the prize to make them somebody – because they already had an identity and it was based in Christs love for them. OF COURSE THEY WANTED THE GOLD! Duh! They worked hard and yes awards are super and can help open doors for other things. (My husband may have helped me see this.)
It’s just knowing what your grounded in.
“Do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need not, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised.”Hebrews 10:35-36